Flu

Overton Park Flu Vaccination Programme 2020-2021

Please do not attend your flu appointment if you have any of the recognised symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and/or smell) or if any of your household are isolating.

Flu Clinic Dates

We will be holding flu clinics on the following dates:

Saturday 3rd October

  • 65 year olds and over only. There will not be any vaccinations for under 65s on this date.

Saturday 17th October

  • Eligible under 65 year olds
  • Over 65 year olds

Saturday 7th November 

  • Eligible under 65 year olds
  • Over 65 year olds

Saturday 21st November

  • Under 65 year olds

Saturday 24th October

  • Over 65 year olds

Saturday 31st October

  • Over 65 year olds

The flu clinics will be socially distanced and take place at a pace. Please follow all the instructions given to you by staff. Please wear clothing that will make your shoulder easily accessible for the jab.

If you are an adult and it is your first flu jab, please tell the clinician.

Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system this winter. We are currently seeing the impact of COVID-19 on the NHS and social care, and this coming winter we may be faced with co-circulation of COVID-19 and flu.

Those most at risk from flu are also most vulnerable to COVID-19. We must do all we can to help protect them this winter.

Healthy 50-64 year olds will not be immediately eligible for the NHS flu jab as stock is reserved for these more at risk groups, but may be invited later in the flu season.

The below risk groups will be prioritised and invited at the start of the flu campaign.

  • All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years with a long term health condition
  • Pregnant women
  • Those aged 65 years and over
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Cohabitants of immunocompromised individuals
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider (vaccinations for healthcare workers should be provided by their employer not by their GP)

Who is eligible for the NHS flu jab?

In addition to the main at-risk groups of people listed above, you should be immunized if you have been diagnosed with any of the below long term health conditions:

  • Have any on-going (chronic) lung diseases. Examples include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and severe asthma (needing regular steroid inhalers or tablets).
  • Have a chronic heart disease. Examples include angina, heart failure or if you have ever had a heart attack.
  • Have a serious kidney disease. Examples include nephrotic syndrome, kidney failure, a kidney transplant.
  • Have a serious liver disease such as cirrhosis.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Have a poor immune system. Examples include if you are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment (for more than a month), if you have HIV/AIDS or if you have had your spleen removed.
  • Have certain serious diseases of the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis or have had a stroke in the past.

This list of conditions isn’t definitive. It’s always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you individually to take into account your risk of flu exacerbating any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself. If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine.

Flu Clinics for Overton Park Patients

This will be our most challenging flu season, with especially strict guidance to follow to keep everyone safe. It is also the largest flu campaign the NHS has ever held, and uptake is expected to be high.

We will be running a mixture of flu clinics in formats not used before, and will be relying on your patience and cooperation. Please follow staff direction at all times.